Day At The Track

Forgotten star returns this weekend

09:02 AM 29 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Chancellor Cullen

One of the forgotten stars of harness racing will make his return at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.

Sidelined since November 2013, Chancellor Cullen will be first-up in The Pure Steel for trainer Dean Braun.

Before injury halted his career, Chancellor Cullen was regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the country, boasting 11 wins and three seconds from 16 Australian starts.

The stallion’s victories include the McInerney Ford Classic, Melton Plate, The Graduate and Kilmore Cup, with the latter two handicaps - the same conditions as this weekend’s assignment.

Although Chancellor Cullen is returning from a long spell, Braun is confident the six-year-old son of Christian Cullen is ready to kick-start his career on a winning note.

“He had a slight strain in his suspensory, and although we could have pushed on with him, we felt he was too good to risk,” Braun said. “We’ve always had such a high opinion of him and felt a long break was the better option.”

Drawn five, Chancellor Cullen faces tough opposition from New Zealand raider Bit Of A Legend, along with locals Smudge Broman and Savesomtimetodream.

“Although he hasn’t raced for a while, he has had plenty of ground work and will be forward enough for this,” Braun said.

Citing the Inter Dominion as Chancellor Cullen’s main mission, Braun has also earmarked next week’s A G Hunter Cup.

Heats of the Inter Dominion are scheduled to be run on February 14, with the Final at Menangle on March 1.

“I’d like to see him in the Hunter Cup, but it depends on how he gets through this week,” Braun said. “We are definitely looking at the Inter Dominion with him.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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